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Why Do They Keep Begging?

So when Trump talks about the forgotten people who don't have those factory and mining jobs anymore, nobody's going to mention the statistically irrelevant class of people known as professional touring musicians. But we musicians have also been put out of work by the free market, essentially.

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The Rockefeller Family Fund vs. Exxon | David Kaiser, The New York Review of Books

Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, at the World Gas Conference, Paris, June 2015 (Pascal Sittler/REA/Redux)

ExxonMobil [spent] extraordinary sums on lobbying ($240 million since 1998) and in 2001 ... sent a memo to the White House asking the new (Bush) administration to get rid of the scientist who chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ... and that a number of others be fired from their jobs in the White House and the State Department, to be replaced by known climate skeptics. Exxon, whose CEO was old friends with Vice President Dick Cheney, got its wishes.

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